Report: Southampton ready to make this England star their highest-paid player

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

The Saints will allegedly offer their former prodigy Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a big pay packet and the vice-captaincy to tempt him to return this summer.

Southampton are so keen on enticing former star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back to the club that they are willing to offer him a deal this summer which would make him their highest-paid player and vice-captain, according to a report from the Mirror.

The midfielder has struggled with injury issues this season, and after missing a month in the autumn he has not played a single minute of competitive football since the end of February.

The England man has just two years left on his deal at the Emirates Stadium, a factor which has led to suggestions that the Gunners would be willing to listen to offers for the 22-year-old this summer.

Born just down the road in Portsmouth, Oxlade-Chamberlain came through the Saints academy and burst onto the scene as a 17-year-old in 2010-11 when he scored 10 goals in 41 appearances in his first season as a professional for the club in League One.

Southampton have been touted as a frontrunner for the midfielder's signature this summer, and the Mirror reports that they are willing to offer their former prodigy a lucrative deal to return home.

The paper claims that Ronald Koeman's side would be prepared to offer Oxlade-Chamberlain a wage which would see him become both the highest-paid player and the vice-captain at the club at the age of just 22.

With other clubs including Manchester City and West Ham United reportedly interested, it is thought that the Hampshire club hope that this package, plus the guarantee of regular first-team football every week, will persuade him to rejoin his former club rather than move to a Champions League club.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has scored 14 goals in 149 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions since his move, as well as becoming an established England international, netting five times in 24 caps for his country.

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